A Long Look Slow Art at the National Gallery

George Inness painted this scene of a train chugging through a bucolic landscape for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad to commemorate the opening of their big, new train roundhouse in Scranton PA. This hub would allow them to expand service from the Great Lakes to Hoboken NJ, right across the Hudson River from New York City.

We’ll find out how George fell in love with painting and how his wife’s wisdom prevailed against his artistic pride!

By the way, the Hoboken terminus played a role in another episode, Blue Morning by George Bellows.


“A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

Episode theme is “Over The Water, Humans Gather” by Doctor Turtle


Artwork information


Cikovsky, Nicolai, Jr. “George Inness and the Hudson River School: The Lackawanna Valley.” The American Art Journal 2 (Fall 1970): 36-57, repro.

George Inness information

“George Inness Artist Overview and Analysis”. [Internet]. 2020. TheArtStory.org

Content compiled and written by Sarah Ingram. Edited and revised, with Synopsis and Key Ideas added by Greg Thomas.

Available from: https://www.theartstory.org/artist/inness-george/life-and-legacy/

First published on 30 Nov 2019. Updated and modified regularly [Accessed 02 Apr 2020]

Inness, George. Life, Art, and Letters of George Inness. The Century Co., 1917. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/nyp.33433066280367.

Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad information


Slow Art Day http://www.slowartday.com

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